March 26, 2008


NH again named "Most Livable State" (AP, 3/26/08)

For the fifth year in a row, a national ranking lists New Hampshire as the "Most Livable State" in the country.

The ranking, by CQ Press, is based on 44 factors, including income, crime rates, business taxes, employment, environment and education.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 26, 2008 7:19 AM

New Hampshire owes this great honor to the folks who vote conservative on local issues even if they may often vote for liberals in national elections.

I noticed that NH's next door neighbor Vermont wasn't mentioned even though it's virtually a mirror image in everything except its far leftwing landscape.

Posted by: erp at March 26, 2008 10:22 AM

If Winter pain were not enough, nobody in their right mind would choose to live in NH rather than CA. Both have their more than fair share of leftoid nut jobs, but even then, the pollsters pro/con for NH is realy weird! If you love Bernie Saunders and really shitty Winters, NH is the state for you.
From the Survey:
Negative Factors
1. Percent Change in Number of Crimes: 2005 to 2006 (Table 30)
2. Crime Rate (Table 31)
3. State Prisoner Incarceration Rate (Table 61)
4. Personal Bankruptcy Rate (Table 105)
5. Estimated Pupil-Teacher Ratio in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools (Table 126)
6. Rate of Public Libraries and Branches (Table 159)
7. Unemployment Rate (Table 184)
8. Percent of Nonfarm Employees in Government (Table 198)
9. Average Monthly Electric Bill for Residential Customers (Table 218)
10. Hazardous Waste Sites on the National Priority List per 10,000 Square Miles (Table 231)
11. State and Local Taxes as a Percent of Personal Income (Table 307)
12. Per Capita State and Local Government Debt Outstanding (Table 320)
13. Percent of Population Not Covered by Health Insurance (Table 385)
14. Births of Low Birthweight as a Percent of All Births (Table 395)
15. Teenage Birth Rate (Table 396)
16. Infant Mortality Rate (Table 402)
17. Age-Adjusted Death Rate by Suicide (Table 416)
18. Population per Square Mile (Table 458)
19. Poverty Rate (Table 519)
20. Percent of Female-Headed Families with Children Living in Poverty (Table 523)
21. State and Local Government Spending for Welfare Programs as a Percent of All Spending (Table 526)
22. Percent of Households Receiving Food Stamps (Table 552)
23. Deficient Bridges as a Percent of Total Bridges (Table 570)
24. Highway Fatality Rate (Table 573)
25. Fatalities in Alcohol-Related Crashes as a Percent of All Highway Fatalities (Table 580)

Positive Factors
26. Per Capita Gross Domestic Product (Table 96)
27. Percent Change in Per Capita Gross Domestic Product: 2002 to 2006 (Adjusted to Constant 2000 Dollars) (Table 97)
28. Per Capita Personal Income (Table 100)
29. Change in Per Capita Personal Income: 2005 to 2006 (Table 101)
30. Median Household Income (Table 103)
31. Estimated Public High School Graduation Rate (Table 134)
32. Percent of Population Graduated from High School (Table 135)
33. Expenditures for Education as a Percent of All State and Local Government Expenditures (Table 141)
34. Percent of Population With a Bachelor’s Degree or More (Table 157)
35. Books in Public Libraries Per Capita (Table 160)
36. Per Capita State Art Agencies’ Legislative Appropriations (Table 163)
37. Average Weekly Earnings of Production Workers on Manufacturing Payrolls (Table 174)
38. Job Growth: 2006 to 2007 (Table 189)
39. Normal Daily Mean Temperature (Table 245)
40. Percent of Days That Are Sunny (Table 246)
41. Homeownership Rate (Table 443)
42. Domestic Migration of Population: 2005 to 2006 (Table 496)
43 Marriage Rate (Table 502)
44. Percent of Eligible Population Reported Voting (Table 516)

Posted by: Mike at March 26, 2008 10:16 PM

If its so great all the time why do you all insist on clogging up Florida each winter?

Posted by: Buttercup at March 26, 2008 10:26 PM

Bernie is a Vermont leftoid.

Posted by: erp at March 27, 2008 7:02 AM